President Trump specifically got to tell CNN’s Jim Acosta to “get out” of the Oval Office on Tuesday after the network’s senior White House correspondent continued to badger the president with questions about the racially charged question, reports Fox News.
President Trump orders CNN’s Jim Acosta to get OUT of Oval Office after latest outburst. pic.twitter.com/n2mxIkBdEn
— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) January 16, 2018
Acosta has created the reputation to be a grandstanding annoying reporter and Tuesday was no exception. After yelling at the president multiple times even though a White House aide was trying to get all of the media leave the room, Acosta got the president’s attention.
“Did you say that you want more people to come in from Norway? Did you say that you wanted more people from Norway? Is that true Mr. President?” Acosta frantically shouted.
“I want them to come in from everywhere… everywhere. Thank you very much, everybody,” Trump responded as Acosta continued to bark questions.
“Just Caucasian or white countries, sir? Or do you want people to come in from other parts of the world… people of color,” Acosta shouted.
Trump then pointed directly at Acosta and simply said, “Out!”
A Trump staffer in the background can be heard saying, “Jim, thank you,” before the CNN star presumably exited the room. Acosta then took to Twitter, accusing White House aides of obstructing him from asking questions.
When I tried to follow up on this in the Oval Office, Trump told me to get “out.” We then went to the Roosevelt Room where WH aides obstructed us from asking questions. https://t.co/vuEIv1jvso
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) January 16, 2018
Trump’s attitude toward CNN is no surprise, especially since he has famously dubbed CNN “fake news” and pointed directly at Acosta and called him by the disparaging moniker in the past.
Acosta has also made enemies with the White House Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, especially when he tries to hijack the press briefings and their battle over when journalists make honest mistakes and purposely lie to the American people so as to push their opinions on viewers.
“When journalists make honest mistakes, they should own up to them. Sometimes, and a lot of times, you don’t,” Sanders said as Acosta tried to interrupt.
“I’m sorry, I’m not finished,” she said. “There is a very big difference between making honest mistakes and purposefully misleading the American people… you cannot say it’s an honest mistake when you’re purposely putting out information you know is false.”
Those aren’t the only members of the White House staff he has angered though. Acosta has also gotten into a combative argument with Senior Policy Adviser Stephen Miller.
CNN has gotten a lot of flack for focusing on stories like the president’s soda consumption, and also their star anchors like Chris Cuomo who recently had to apologize for referring to Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary Raj Shah as “Raj whatever-his-name-is.”
It seems like Acosta does not plan on making any friends in the White House, which may make it difficult to do his job. Maybe CNN should consider getting a new White House correspondent.